Expanding Youth Opportunities

NLC supports and informs city leaders and stakeholders interested in improving public safety and reforming the juvenile justice system. We also provide peer learning and support to the growing number of citywide programs reconnecting young people to school.

Juvenile Justice Reform

City leaders can increase public safety and improve outcomes for young people. To do this, cities can implement strategies that hold youth accountable for their actions in more effective, equitable and developmentally appropriate ways. Read more…


Student receiving diploma.

Research shows that many out-of-school youth want to return to school, but are uncertain how to do so. Helping these young people find alternative pathways to graduation – and promising futures – is a critical challenge facing city leaders today. A  growing number of cities are leading the way with innovative strategies that provide multiple routes to graduation. Read more…